Adam Turner
Technology Journalist

Adam Turner is a Sydney Morning Herald senior technology columnist who has been writing about the challenges facing Australian business for more than a decade

Adam Turner
Technology Journalist

Adam Turner is a Sydney Morning Herald senior technology columnist who has been writing about the challenges facing Australian business for more than a decade

Storm Electrical broke out of a cycle of paperwork by giving their staff access to modern technology and a system to manage their workflow.

Storm Electrical were looking to make their business more efficient and manage staff more effectively when in the office and out on site. They provide electricians for commercial, residential and industrial sites, as well as custom jobs for clients all over Brisbane.

Director of Storm Electrical Phill Davison was looking for a way to manage his staff and keep jobs in order while cutting down on the paperwork and office time. The obvious solution was to embrace a digital alternative to the paper-based processes that had kept Phill in the office in the past.

Central to the problem was that staff spent most of their time out on work sites and in trucks, where invoices and job sheets could get lost. Managing those invoices and job sheets can be a problem if staff don’t have the time to check in with the office and return paperwork, while manually entering data also exposed the business to human error.

The solution was to equip staff with several connected tablets to help stay on top of their work and report back to base, along with three apps to help boost productivity.

Managing invoices and job sheets can be a problem if staff don’t have the time to check in with the office and return paperwork.

An ‘appy workplace is productive

First cab off the rank for Storm Electrical was Office 365 which brought staff onto the same level, using the same technology and able to keep in touch on the go. So long as they have an internet connection, staff members can sign in and send messages to one another, share documents and report in to business managers.

Next was GeoOp™, letting Phill manage his mobile workforce, moving job assignment into one central location in the cloud. Staff members who work with connected tablets are able to choose new jobs based on location and get directions to keep them on track. GeoOp also helps track parts and invoices, meaning staff can get all of their decision-making done on site, making sure work keeps flowing.

Finally, Xero, an app that is purpose-built to handle business accounting and help businesses streamline their payments and invoices. This enabled the business to reduce the number of papers needed to keep the business running, cutting down the hours that Phill and his wife needed to spend in the office.

The combined result is that staff at Storm Electrical are able to keep on top of their workload, reduce double-handling and errors in paperwork and keep the business running smoothly.

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